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Commencing electrical apprenticeship on temporary Subclass 309 De facto visa?

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Guest mpur030

Hey all,

 

Just making an enquiry on behalf of my Scottish partner. He's recently had his temporary de facto visa (subclass 309) approved and is hoping to commence an apprenticeship to become an electrician.

 

He's contacted both the Australian Immigration and Education departments to make inquiries whether he's eligible to commence an apprenticeship before his temporary visa "expires" and becomes permanent in January 2012. Both departments have been unsure and directed him back and forth.

 

The confusing detail is that the visa sticker doesn't actually stipulate an expiry date. We've been informed that he's eligible for PR in Jan 2012.

 

Would anyone know for certain whether he would be precluded from commencing an apprenticeship before he earns permanant resident status? My understanding is that Centrelink offers Australian apprentices Austudy during their apprenticeship - we're guessing he wouldn't be entitled to any funds, but can anyone confirm this please?

 

Many thanks and cheers,

 

:confused:

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